Mr Ronnie Tay was appointed CEO of the National Environment Agency (NEA) on 1 July 2013. NEA is the leading public organisation responsible for improving and sustaining a clean and green environment in Singapore. It has the key roles of protecting Singapore’s environment from pollution, maintaining a high level of public health and providing timely meteorological information. It also spearheads environmental initiatives in partnership with the Private, Public and People sectors to ensure sustainable development and a quality living environment.
From November 2007 to June 2013, Mr Tay was the CEO of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). During his tenure, he led IDA in realising Singapore’s iN2015 vision of an Intelligent Nation, Global City powered by infocomm. Prior to joining IDA, Mr Tay served 25 years in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), during which he held various command and staff positions in the Republic of Singapore Navy. He served as the Chief of Navy from 2003 to 2007 with the rank of Rear-Admiral.
Mr Tay was awarded the SAF Overseas Scholarship in 1982 to pursue undergraduate studies at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, graduating in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Engineering Science. He also obtained a Master of Science in Management degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in USA in 1997 under a SAF post-graduate scholarship, and attended the Advanced Management Programme at Insead, France in 2007. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal(Gold)(Military) in 2005, and the Long Service Medal (Military) in 2007.